Exclusive Timepieces 17 October 2021 | Monaco

Auction Details

It is with great pleasure that we present you our new catalogue of fall 2021. A wonderful journey through the world of watch collecting.

Morning Session:
10:30 AM CEST – lots 100 to 169
Afternoon Session:
2:30 PM CEST – lots 170 to 288

187 Rolex Very Rare and Unusual Early Curved Wristwatch in Steel and Yellow Gold, With Champagne Dial and Subsidiary Seconds

Estimate: € 8,000 –⁠ 15,000

Sold € 13,000

Lot Description

Model: Curved Wirstwatch
Case Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1940s
Movement: Manual
Dimensions: 42 x 20 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

In the early 20th century the Art Deco movement has been associated with luxury, glamour, exuberance, and modernity. It was an international design movement impacting all walks of life, from architecture and furniture, to jewelry and timepieces. From this new conception of art Rolex took inspiration to create a totally new design for its creation: giving birth to one of the symbols of luxury during the Depression-era, the lot here offered is a totally groundbreaking specimen that represented the anticipation of the Prince. Made in stainless steel and yellow gold and preserved in fine conditions with a spreading oxidation, the modernistic, slender case consists of two parts: the curved stainless steel bottom with hooded lugs in gold and the superimposed, massive "snap on" bezel in steel that comes out to reveal a the movement. The strap is totally covered by the lugs and this last detail is what breaks the rule compared to almost all the other Prince that will follow and made the present watch a special piece. Moreover the two-tone champagne dial has a fine and elegant oblique quadripartition of great charm with black baton faceted indexes and the classical seconds at 6 o’clock.